Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, The Garden Church

Recording of Good Friday & Easter

April 2, Good Friday Zoom Services
SJUMC and Parkview Presbyterian Church – 7:00pm

Watch the Video here

April 4, Easter Sunday

Watch Video Here

Asians and Asian-Americans of the UMC Condemn the Rise of Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S.

Recorded Holy Week Service of Lament and Healing Addressing Hatred and Violence Against 

The service was a lament for the Anti-Asian violence. We also shared prayers for healing within Asian-American churches and communities, healing across racial lines and a call to action to follow Jesus who loves us all.  Rev. Motoe said a prayer in Japanese during the service.

California-Nevada Conference of The UMC | Holy Week Service of Lament and Healing Addressing Hatred and Violence Against Asian-Americans (
Click here to watch the service

Asians and Asian-Americans of the UMC Condemn the Rise of Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S.
Editor’s Note: The following is the new and revised Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence from the Asian American Language Ministry Plan (AALM), and the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM). The statement has been endorsed by all of the Asian American active Bishops in the U.S., as well as Asian American academics, leaders in the UMC and all of the 12 different Asian Caucuses.

Rev. John Oda, who directs the Asian American Language Ministry Plan said, “This is not just an Asian American concern.  It is not an African American concern, a Hispanic/Latino concern, a Native American concern or a Pacific Islander concern.  This increase in violence is a concern for ALL Christians; for anyone who wants to live out the tenets of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and who wants to fulfill His commandment to love one another.  The United Methodist Church has a moral obligation to be vocally and visibly outraged at this precipitous rise in violence and hatred against the Asian American community.” 

Read the full statement here

Addressing Hate Crimes Against Asian AmericansHate crimes against Asian Americans rose 150% last year, many of them targeting the elderly. Chinese Americans and even those who look Chinese are being blamed for COVID-19…
In the meantime, let’s remain vigilant in fighting all hate crimes. Report them to the police. In addition, you can report AAPI hate crimes to, which is run by Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University. They track and respond to hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, and bullying against AAPI in the United States.

Meet Rev. Motoe!

Rev. Motoe would love to chat with you by phone or on zoom.  

She is looking forward to visiting with you, especially those who do not generally join the online church meetings. Please call the office schedule (916-421-1017, Tuesdays to Thursday 9am to 2:30pm) or click here to schedule during the day.  (Those of you who need evening time, please click here)

 She loves you and misses you!

Lent 2021 – Rend Your Hearts: Claiming the Promise

Lenten Small Group”Never Alone” study by Max Lucado
Wednesdays Feb. 17 – Mar. 31
Weekly email lesson with 3 Zoom sessions*
Contact Mindy Takechi by 2/13 to join at

Roll Down, Justice!
A Lenten Biblical Reflection
Small Group
We will be meeting weekly on Wed or Thurs evenings from 7 – 8 pm.  We will be following the General Commission on Religion and Race study called Roll Down, Justice!  It can be viewed here:2/17 @ 7 pm – 8 pm (Ash Wed)  2/25 @ 7 pm – 8 pm (Thurs)3/4 @ 7 pm  – 8 pm (Thurs)   3/11 @ 7 pm – 8 pm (Thurs)3/17 @ 7 pm – 8 pm (Wed)  3/24 @ 7 pm – 8 pm (Wed)
If you are interested in learning more about the following, please email Mary Nakamura at 

Sponsor Children for Lenten Project and Children’s Worship
This Lenten Season, please consider sponsoring a child to receive a special Lenten resources! The funds will also help cover continuing expenses for the Children’s Worship which we plan on continuing through the summer. The anonymous sponsorships can be of any amount but the circuit is hoping to raise $20 per child up to 200 children conference wide. More than one child can be sponsored. Checks can be written to Sacramento First UMC, 2100 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816  with a memo line stating “For Children’s Worship.” Online donations can be made at under General Fund, Children’s Worship Lent. Deadline for donations is Easter Sunday.

Yet Even Now
Feb. 17, Ash Wednesday
This Is the Sign 
Feb. 21, First Sunday in Lent
Walk Before Me 
Feb. 28, Second Sunday in Lent
All These Words 
Mar. 7, Third Sunday in Lent
Look Up and Live 
Mar. 14, Fourth Sunday in Lent
Written on the Heart 
Mar. 21, Fifth Sunday in Lent
The One Who Comes 
Mar. 28, Passion Sunday
By His Bruises 
Apr. 2, Good Friday
Bible Study Starting Feb. 17th
 Wednesdays 10am

Day of Remembrance Worship & Memories of Camp Recordings

The Japanese American Clergy Caucus organized on the special Day of Remembrance Worship

Also Bishop’s Sano’s sermon from the JA worship (Feb. 14) in Japanese available here 

– Preacher – Bishop Sano
– Virtual Choir (if you are interested in joining, please contact Lyssa or Rev. Motoe)
– Slide show with all JA churches (organized by SJUMC)
– Prayer by DS Shinya Goto
– Short History of Japanese American Churches by DS Mark Nakagawa
Memories of Camp

Many thanks to our speakers: Bill Taketa, Lester Ouchida, Amy Kawahara, Gloria Imagire, Frances Lee, Mitzi Ishizaki, and Rev. George Nishikawa.  We have many people joined us and heard inspiring stories.  

Memories of Camp Click Here